Put this in the MOMA
My best friend is pregnant and wants Netflix recommendations for those long nights which blend into days. As a sick, I’ve scoured Netflix for some deep cuts and this is what stuck. You’ll notice the CW performs very well in Nil’s critical perspective.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
If you miss 30 Rock, there’s a show for that.
Short, happiness-inducing, kid-friendly, you can jump into any episode although there is an overarching mythology. Lemongrab is my favorite character.
One season, the stars aligned to film a reality show about a kooky family while the Bling Ring trial was occurring and two sisters were doing so many opiates and practicing The Secret. Alexis Neiers is sober and a doula now. Yup.
Addictive and gives great eye candy. It’s been so long since the first season with so many characters and different relationships that I need a recap before going into season 2.
Master of None
Charming, LOL, and Aziz Ansari uses his actual parents as his parents.
The first 3 episodes I wished death upon all these idiotic teenagers sent to post-apocalypse earth and often my wish was granted due to said teenagers’ idiocy. By season 2, I set down my coloring book and paid attention, unable to wait to ululate along to the theme song beginning each episode. You can pick up “Color Me Calm” again in season 3.
From Rob Thomas, god-creator of Veronica Mars, this rewards close viewing due to a quickly-paced plot and pun after pun. I’ve watched every episode twice, I would totally go to a Kurt Cobain retrospective with Blaine, this is the best show airing right now. Shady Plots, tee hee.
All I needed was season 1. I’m good. Also: Coach Taylor.
Person of Interest
The first half of season 1 is terrible so maybe it’s better to have a baby occupying your brain. After, the plot becomes less case-of-the-week and more serialized until you find yourself weeping at an AI typing. This series is why I have faith Westworld will become great.
Read the books. There’s a talking sloth! But then be surprised that the series lives up to “Harry Potter with cursing and sex”.
Like all other women, I am Tina Fey.
Do not binge unless you want to feel horrible about other humans, the future, life. I re-watch San Junipero and Fifteen Million Merits with anyone who is willing.
Les Revenants/The Returned
You will be reading subtitles. The first season was so intriguing with the Mogwai soundtrack and then I waited four? years and couldn’t get into the second season.
It took me a few episodes to get into but if you like musical television, give it a whirl. All the music videos are available on YouTube so watch “Feeling Kinda Naughty” for a test run.
I was Log Lady one Halloween. Catch up before the redux.
This is a silly concept on paper (succubus fights supernatural crime) but ever so charming in execution until the end, where it begins to drag. The characters, especially Kenzi, are hilarious and play off one another well.
You’ll always love your first Doctor. I refused this ridiculous and magnificent show for years until someone asked me to watch “Blink”. After that, I started with David Tennant and never regretted it.
Friday Night Lights
High school football soundtracked to And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead. I’m tearing up thinking about the beauty of it all. Except for the season 2 murder cover-up.
Someday, I will watch this all again. Not yet though. I spent too much time lurking on fan forums.
Smoke some medicinal marijuana and gaze in awe at the diversity of our planet.
I watched through Season 4 and then gave up, but found it quite breezy and enjoyable prior.
The Vampire Diaries
Again, a silly concept. Teenage vampire love triangle? The first 3 seasons are riveting and do some innovative plot twists. After that, it’s up to you whether to continue or only watch scenes featuring Klaus.
You’ll want to keep watching after the perfection of Season 1. Don’t.
Every Joss Whedon project ever: Dollhouse (my favorite despite a slow start), Buffy the Vampire Slayer (upon re-watch, I thought to myself: god I was cool to watch this as a teenager and Spike is really hot now), Firefly (try not to do a jig to the theme), Cabin in the Woods (a movie you should watch without knowing anything about the plot)
Except Angel. Use a binge watching guide for Angel like I did and skip entire seasons.